I wanted to relay this cautionary tale to others who may benefit from the reading.
I was casually minding my own business one day when I saw a reference to this site. I spent some time in this subforum and somehow developed the hare-brained idea that I should resurrect my 1981 Condor Cycles road bike. Monty Young, the lead builder at Condor, built this bike for me, to my specifications, when I was young and carefree. I transferred a Campy Nuovo Record grouppo from another bike onto it, and it was my sweetheart for the next 15 years or so.
Fast forward...I was seduced by Italian steel, clipless pedals and click shifting. A steel Colnago, an '89 Spiral Conic, found its way into my life...then a C40, a Crystal (given to my son), a Dream, a C50...it goes on and on.
I thought life had calmed down and I was going to be happy with my carbon steeds, a real Porsche GT2 of the bicycle world. Then I found this forum and started trolling ebay for NOS Super Record parts and pondering which Regina freewheel was correct?
It gets worse. I have always had a fondness for Raleigh Pros, but have never been able to find one that fit me. I did own one briefly, but only as a flip. So I see one on eBay...right seat tube length...but the top tube is too long. Bummer. Looks like I may never own a Pro.
Then my browser did a funny little jig to the right (malware?) and I'm looking at an auction for a Raleigh Team Pro. Right seat tube length. Right top tube length. Crap. Last time I was in this position, I BINed a C50. Crap. What to do. Too late. My cursor found its way to BIN and I'm the owner of a 1980 Raleigh Team Pro, Reynolds 753, team colors, motley collection of parts and a whole new experience in vintage bikes.
So the bike is on its way to me. I have since learned that it was sold by the one bike shop in the midwest that supported a team with Raleighs in that era. I've also been told to enjoy the patina and slightly flawed (some scrapes, no rust) finish. It's an early 930 Turbo and its worth more if kept original. No problem swapping components, as the Team Pro was only sold as a frame-only deal. Period correct SR grouppo is fine.
So let this be a lesson for you. Casual browsing of the Internet can lead to Cicli Collectus Gigantus.
And so it goes.